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Uruguay vs Portugal | 30 Jun 2018

30 June, 2018, 12:42 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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"We have known each other for a long time and have played together for over 10 years in the national team", Suarez said of Cavani.

The teams will meet at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday in a World Cup Round of 16 game.

Being the only true offensive player in his side focuses means he gets more attention from his opponents, and which makes him the player with the second highest number fouls on him in the World Cup (13, compared to 17 for Neymar), four more than Suarez (six) and Cavani (three) combined.

The other is how does the midfield look - with William Carvalho the only nailed on starter.

Uruguay's formidable defence have not let in a goal at all in 2018, while Suarez has recovered from a poor first outing in Russian Federation to score in wins over Saudi Arabia and the hosts.

Asked whether Saturday's contest with Uruguay could be "boring", Portugal boss Fernando Santos told a press conference: "No, I don't think so".

But Tabarez, in charge of his fourth World Cup campaign with Uruguay, insists it is pointless to deploy one man to stop Ronaldo.

European champions Portugal, however, finished second in their section to set up a clash with Uruguay in the last 16.

Ronaldo lifted Portugal to a 3-3 draw against Spain in their opening game, capping a hat-trick with a sensational free-kick.

Uruguay are hopeful Jose Maria Gimenez will return from injury to resume his centre-back partnership with Atletico Madrid team-mate Diego Godin.

Luis Suarez has scored seven World Cup goals for Uruguay, second only to Oscar Miguez (8) - Suarez scored a brace against South Korea in his only previous World Cup appearance in the round of 16 back in 2010.

Although Uruguay's success has been built on defensive resilience encapsulated by captain Diego Godin, the combination of Suarez and Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani is one of the World Cup's most unsafe forward pairings in the competition.

The sides meet in Sochi on Saturday, with Uruguay the only team alongside Croatia from the completed groups at Russian Federation 2018 to boast a 100 percent record. However, they have lost their last three games in the World Cup knockout stages (1 goal scored, 5 conceded). He has reached the knockout stages on each previous occasion: Euro 2012 quarter-finals & World Cup 2014 round of 16 with Greece; Euro 2016 winners and at least World Cup 2018 round of 16 with Portugal. "We're there to win".

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